An Afghan father killed his two teenage daughters when they returned home four days after running away with NATO interpreter, police said.
The man, who shot the girls, has been detained on murder charges in Nad Ali district in the southern province of Helmand, a hotbed of the Taliban insurgency, provincial police spokesman Farid Ahmad Farhang said.
“He killed two of his daughters. His daughters had run away with a young man four days ago. When they returned home their father killed them,” Farhang said.
Police have issued an arrest warrant for the young man, who is said to be working as an interpreter with NATO forces in the southern province, Farhang said.
Relations between men and women outside marriage are strictly controlled under Islam and infringements are harshly punished by most families in the troubled Central Asian nation.
So-called “honour killing” is a common practice in Afghanistan, an ultra-conservative Islamic nation which has been at war for most of the past three decades.